County makes $7.7m land purchase: property will house new home for Brant OPP.
Brant has made a major land purchase to provide a site for a new O.P.P. headquarters and expand its stock of industrial land.
On Aug. 15 it paid $7,689,000 to Telephone City Aggregates for 110 acres between Rest Acres, Bethel, and Pottruff roads, across from the Bethel water treatment plant and the Brant 403 Business Park. Another business park will be created on the site and a maximum five-acre portion of the property will be used to house a new home for Brant O.P.P.
Council confirmed the location at its Sept. 23 meeting and voted to ask for provincial funding for the project. Details are yet to be hammered out about the cost-sharing arrangement for the project between various levels of government.
Telephone City Aggregates will also provide a storm water easement on adjoining land for a sewer pipe and a pond. At the time of construction, Brant will purchase the land with the easement at the same rate--$69,000 per acre plus inflation.
The county has until Apr. 15, 2015 to take soil tests and investigate the property for pollution.
In the summer, Brant sold 80 acres of its Sharp Road Business Park to the holding company of Telephone City Aggregates. That property would have been costly and difficult to develop because of its hazard land areas, and proximity to the Grand River, CN railway tracks, and its steep grades.
Mayor Ron Eddy, and councillors Cliff Atfield and Brian Coleman voted against selecting the TCA location as the site for the new O.P.P. building. Eddy said he preferred another site a few kilometres south on Rest Acres Road on the Gurney gravel pit lands. Gumey had offered to give the land to Brant for free but the county was having difficulty getting MTO approval for an entrance onto Rest Acres Road.
Brant O.P.P. had been asking for a new site for its headquarters for at least six years. Five sites had been considered, including locations in the Brant 403 Business Park and on Curtis Avenue in Paris. Both locations were rejected by O.P.P. brass, the latter because it was too close to PraxAir, ostensibly in danger of a gas explosion.
This year the county approved about $250,000 worth of renovations at the O.P.P.'s current building on Mechanic Street in Paris.